A record bound to cast a long shadow.
I first heard Dan Tuffy way back in the 1980s when in Tasmania. He was a founding member of Wild Pumpkins at Midnight, which later went on to ARIA success, before heading off to Europe. Since 1995, Dan has been a Netherlands resident, writing, producing and performing while owner of Smoked Recordings.
It’s been three years since Dan’s 2017 debut solo album Songs from Dan which gathered much critical praise and had him busy touring Australia and Europe.
His new album, Letters Of Gold has just been released, and is a move away from his more country albums to a more unique approach where bass, electronic and percussive elements come to the foreground.
The recording process involved multiple collaborations musicians from around the globe including bass players Madelief van Vlijmen and Judith Renkema (The Netherlands), co-producer, midi programmer and sound-scaper Michael Turner (Australia) and multi-instrumentalists Lucie Thorne & Matt Walker.
I could spend some time talking about all the tracks on this album, but for our locale, the standout is ‘Big Man’, a tribute to our own Chris Wilson. This song was put together and previewed by Sarah, Fenn and George before being released.
A definite one for extended listening.
You can find this album in CD and vinyl, or stream it below.